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A Review of Hazard Assessment Procedures for Liquid Gun Propellants

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Safety testing procedures for energetic liquids are reviewed. A rationale for development of a protocol for safety testing of liquid gun propellants is suggested. A compilation of safety test data for gun propellants, along with comparison data for explosives and rocket propellants, is presented. Applicability of test methods developed primarily for explosives and high energy rocket propellants to the assessment of hazards that may be encountered in handling, storage, and transportation of gun propellants is considered. Test procedures which should be further evaluated are identified. In general, the data available on the response of liquid gun propellants to these test procedures are not sufficient for a thorough evaluation of the tests usefulness for assessing liquid gun propellant hazards. Additional work is recommended to provide test data which can be used to compare the response of gun propellants with other energetic liquids for which there is an extensive safety experience data base. Further work is also recommended to characterize the energy input and boundary conditions for the selected test procedures to provide a means for evaluating the tests with respect to severity and correspondence to conditions which may be encountered in handling, storage, and transportation.

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  • Safety Engineering
  • Ammunition and Explosives

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